Narukawa Art Museum
The panorama lounge is a must-see that lets visitors enjoy a view of Mt. Fuji as if it were a living painting! This unique museum boasts a collection of 4,000 Japanese paintings including masterpieces by renowned artists such as Ikuo Hirayama and Order of Culture recipient Kyujin Yamamoto.
Address: 570 Moto Hakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa
Access: About 54 mins from JR/Odakyu Line “Odawara Station” by bus or about 35 mins from Hakone Tozan Railway “Hakone-Yumoto Station” by bus. 5 mins walk from “Motohakone-ko.”
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
An outdoor museum where visitors can encounter sculptures in a natural setting. You can enjoy various masterpieces up close amidst the natural sensations of the seasons, including works by Henry Moore, Marta Pan, Japanese sculptor Genichiro Inokuma (who studied under Henri Matisse in the 1930s), and Susumu Shingu, known for his kinetic sculptures that move in the wind.
Address: 1121 Ninotaira, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture
Access: Take the Hakone Tozan Railway for 52 mins from JR/Odakyu Line “Odawara Station,” or take the Hakone Tozan Railway for about 36 mins from Hakone Tozan Railway “Hakone-Yumoto Station” to “Chokoku-no-Mori Station” and walk for 2 mins.
Hakone Mononofunosato Art Museum
A small museum with a collection of items related to Samurai including swords, armors, Samurai tools, tea ceremony tools, and paintings. You can also try on an armor crafted in the Edo period.
Address: 817-580 Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun
Access: Take the bus for about 43 mins from JR/Odakyu Line “Odawara Station” to “Sengoku Annaijo-mae” and walk for 7 mins.
Hakone Museum of Art
A museum where visitors can appreciate gardens and pottery. The exquisite Japanese pottery collection spans the Tumulus period (3rd to 7th century) to the Edo period (17th to 19th century) showcasing stunning pieces from across Japan. You can experience both the natural beauty of Hakone and Japanese culture upon walking through the traditional gardens, designed by museum founder Mokichi Okada.
Address: 1300 Gora, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa
Access: Take the Hakone Tozan Railway for about 53 mins from JR/Odakyu Line “Odawara Station,” or take the Hakone Tozan Train Railway for about 37 mins from “Hakone-Yumoto Station” to “Gora Station,” transfer to the cable railway, exit at “Koen-Kami Station” and walk for 1 min.
Pola Museum of Art
The majority of this collection includes post-19th century Western and Japanese paintings. Among the exhibits are various works by Léonard Foujita (Tsuguharu Fujita), one of the most popular Japanese painters from the School of Paris, known for his depiction of “milk-white skin”. The museum’s glass architecture is a work of art in itself.
Address: 1285 Kozukayama, Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa
Access: Take the bus for about 16 mins from JR/Odakyu Line “Odawara Station,” transfer at “Hakone-Yumoto Station,” and take the Hakone Tozan Bus for 40 mins to “Pola Bijutsukan”
Okada Museum of Art
A museum exhibiting a large collection of Japanese paintings by iconic artists such as Katsushika Hokusai and Ito Jakuchu. There are also numerous pottery artifacts from China, Korea, and Japan. The museum’s Japanese gardens are a microcosm of Hakone’s natural beauty, making them a must-see.
Address: 493-1 Kowakidani, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa
Access: Take the bus for 40 mins from JR/Odakyu Line “Odawara Station” to “Kowaki-en” and walk for 1 min.
All of these wonderful museums are located within the Hakone region. Include them in your itinerary when you pay a visit!